Tottenham head coach Martin Jol has admitted he may be defeated in his quest to keep Egyptian striker Mido at White Hart Lane next season.
Mido has been in impressive form this season
The 22-year-old has been on loan from Roma for 18 months but his agent Mino Raiola has said other clubs may have jumped over Spurs in the queue.
Jol said: "We are talking to him and we appreciate he has got the right to talk of other clubs.
"But we are all in the same boat and it is up to him."
Jol admitted any deal for the centre forward, who has scored 11 goals for Spurs this season, will come down to money and said the fact that Raiola also represents his interests would have no bearing on the situation.
He said: "It is about money. If we want to sign somebody, it is about money.
"It is not a problem because I would have never got him if I hadn't known his agent.
"That was an advantage and that is not a disadvantage now."
Raiola said: "We are talking to Tottenham, we are talking to Roma and to some other clubs.
"Although we have not excluded Tottenham, other clubs are ahead of them now."
Roma coach Luciano Spalletti was not in charge at the Italian club when Mido left for Spurs and is understood to be keen on Mido returning at the end of the campaign.
And Raiola has been surprised that Tottenham have not attempted to conclude a permanent deal.
"Tottenham have not expressed a willingness to conclude the deal and that has surprised me," added Raiola.
"I am not so confident that Tottenham are willing to invest the money they need to invest to get Mido.
"He is not on a free transfer and there are other teams, as big and even bigger than Tottenham, who have an appetite for Mido both in England and in Europe."
Meanwhile, Jol hopes Michael Carrick will follow young stars Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon by committing his long-term future to the club.
Jol, who takes a back seat in contractual negotiations, said: "Carrick has another two years after this season so there is little hurry but I think they talked to him a couple of months ago."